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'''Aphra Behn''' [Aphara] (;She inherited this name from her German husband; the German pronunciation is . 14 December 1640? – 16 April 1689) was a British playwright, poet, translator and fiction writer from the The Restoration|Restoration era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by her writing, she broke cultural barriers and served as a literary role model for later generations of women authors. Rising from obscurity, she came to the notice of Charles II of England|Charles II, who employed her as a spy in Antwerp. Upon her return to London Underground|London and a probable, brief stay in debtors' prison, she began writing for the stage. She belonged to a coterie of poets and famous libertines such as John Wilmot, Lord Rochester. She wrote under the pastoral pseudonym Astrea. During the turbulent political times of the Exclusion Crisis, she wrote an epilogue and prologue that...
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